|Looking at the stars|
Anyway, consideration. Many years ago I was lent a little book about prayer which talked about the prayer of consideration and said that the word comes from sedere, to sit. We sit down together (con) with God and, well, consider. Chew things over, ponder, treasure in our hearts like Mary. And that was what I thought it meant.
Much later I heard another etymology. According to this, Consider comes from sidus, sideris - star. Consideration is star-gazing! Isn't that exciting? Some echoes for me: "I will consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers" (Psalm 8); "Church bells beyond the stars heard" (one of George Herbert's definitions of prayer); and of course Oscar Wilde's "all of us are in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars".
This week I pray that I'll make space to stop and consider. And that this will become prayer.